Professional Development for Teachers
Come to PEM to get inspired, connect with colleagues and advance your classroom teaching with workshops, artist demonstrations, open houses and other opportunities especially for teachers. Attend an evening session or apply to the PEM Teacher Institute for an immersive summer experience. Check back here throughout the year for the latest professional development offerings.
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The museum also offers day-long workshops for schools and districts on topics such as object-based teaching, interdisciplinary learning, creative expression and writing inspired by art. Customized workshops are available to groups of 10 or more teachers in the museum or at your school.
Visiting another time? New England educators always receive free admission! Just show your ID.
To RSVP for a teacher workshop or find out more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-542-1546.
Educator Open House: Future Beauty: Avant-Garde Japanese Fashion
Tuesday, November 19, 4:30-7:30 pm | Free for you and a guest (parking included)
Peabody Essex Museum
Delight in this new exhibition with a festive evening just for teachers and their guests! Enjoy refreshments, hands-on art making, socializing with colleagues, and tours of Future Beauty. Visit PEM's new redesigned art studios to meet up-and-coming designer and RISD student Ju Young (Julia) Han, our guest artist for the evening, and discover how she created a dress out of recycled acetate box covers.
About Future Beauty: Japanese designers such as Issey Miyake, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto reshaped fashion in the early 1980s. The voluminous spaces they created between body and fabric boldly redefined Japanese avant-garde fashion and forced people to reconsider the relationship between art, design and fashion. Explore their landmark work as well as innovative examples of Japanese street fashion in this unique exhibition.
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Ongoing Professional Development Opportunities for Educators
Interdisciplinary Learning in the Museum and Classroom
Explore interdisciplinary learning against the backdrop of PEM’s exhibitions and collection. Inspired by works of art that link the visual arts to a variety of other disciplines, teachers take part in lively discussions, make connections to classroom teaching and practice developing interdisciplinary lesson plans with other participants.
Write at the Museum! Making Objects Come Alive to Promote Literacy Skills
How can objects tell a story? Look at objects in the museum’s collection as inspiration for writing and discover how object-based learning can be applied to classroom teaching. Learn how to view objects with students and how students can develop a variety of written responses to works of art.
Discover the Art of Object-based Teaching!
Objects and artwork come to life through the use of open-ended questioning strategies. Explore the educational potential of objects in PEM’s collection and learn how using objects in your classroom can engage students in inquiry and collaborative learning while building observation and communication skills.
PEM Teacher Institute – Summer Program
Check back this winter for 2014 dates and details.
Collaborate with museum educators to learn strategies to apply in your classroom and explore how PEM's renowned collection and dynamic exhibitions deepen student learning and promote 21st-century skills. Tour the galleries, meet curators, brainstorm with colleagues and get creative with guest artists. Leave with fresh ideas, new expertise and lessons for your classroom.
Open to all K-12 educators: generalists, language arts, history/social studies, STEM, art teachers and other specialists. Preferential enrollment for two or more teachers applying from the same school or district.
Earn 25 PDP credits, including follow-up assignments. Contact Emily Scheinberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-542-1546 for more information.
Praise from past participants:
"The focus of the institute made me realize that lately I've been talking AT my students, trying to fill them with facts about a given artwork. Encouraging ME to keep open-ended questions in mind will only enhance the art experience for my students. I actually heard more than one of the teachers participating say 'Wow, this course is reminding me of how I used to teach!'"
"This was the best organized program I've ever attended. [The PEM staff's] knowledge and enthusiasm was wonderful. I think every one of us left as a better teacher, full of great ideas for the coming school year."
"I really enjoyed the three days that I spent at PEM! It provided me with lots of ideas, techniques, and resources to use in my classroom. I am eager to get back to school to start implementing what I learned at the institute."
"I am still reflecting deeply on my learning from the Institute, but I feel so refreshed and anew with ideas for my classroom."